No, it’s not a header teaser, it’s a question I asked myself this morning when I went to check the date and subject of the last post on my own website. Hmm, I seem to have gone MIA for 9 months.
Is it that I have had nothing to say which, in my opinion, has been worth making commentary about over this period of apparent inactivity? Actually, there have been many things that I felt were worth discussing but, increasingly, I question whether engaged debate has merit any longer in the toxic, clickbate, culture that is now all pervasive. Social Media. Hmm?
Notwithstanding, I have settled on four words that encapsulate issues I might have engaged with before going MIA:
In which I would discuss my increasing and disheartening concerns about the vicissitudes of programming by orchestras in Australia (and elsewhere) as we move toward 2020. But what would be the point when imaginative concert season programming by our state-based professional orchestras is, for all intent and purpose, inert.
I could, moreover, also interrogate why we continue to import overseas artists and conductors when so few Australians are being used, let alone the paucity of works by Australian composers being performed as the backbone of the aforementioned programming efforts (or lack thereof). But who would care; or probably even notice, that we have major under-employment (or more accurately – unemployment) of brilliant Australian musicians across the country whose talents languish for want of any basic recognition by those who are the insightful gatekeepers of orchestral programming? Continue Reading →